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J. H. (Stormy) Mangham Collection

 Collection
Identifier: H031-82

Scope and Content

The collection arrived in good condition and was initially processed with only a container list as description. Due to a change of the content management system, further description proved to be necessary. Later, the collection was reprocessed with a new arrangement.

This collection contains ephemera, clippings, fight logs, memorabilia, and photographs depicting the aircraft J. H. Mangham flew, his airfield in North Richland Hills, Texas, and famous aviation personalities he knew. The J. H. (Stormy) Mangham Collection is housed in three boxes of varying sizes totalling 1.85 linear ft.

The archivist identified three series, with the first series being the Personal Documents Series, which is further organized into four subseries: 1. Ephemera, 2. Clippings, 3. Log Books, and 4. Oral History.

Subseries 1. contains a FAA Certificate of Merit issued to C. H. and J. H. Mangham, a Fort Worth Municipal Airport ID card including and image of Mangham, a National Aeronautic Association of U.S.A. membership card, a World's Absolute Motorcycle Speed Record Certificate of Appreciation, an American Airlines Certificate of Faithful Service, and a signed Pan American Airlines print depicting a Boeing 344.

Subseries 2. includes clippings describing Mangham's life as an aviation pioneer.

Subseries 3. contains J. H. Mangham’s flight log books.

Subseries 4. comprises a transcript of an oral history conducted with Mangham.

The second series is the Photograph Series, which if further organized into five subseries: 1. People, 2. Aircraft, 3. Geographical Locations, 4. Motorcycle, and 5. Other Topics.

Subseries 1. depicts famous air pilots, astronauts, and other notable individuals from the early aviation era and airline industry.

Subseries 2. Illustrates the aircraft that represent the era of early aviation to the 1970s. Some of these aircraft were flown by Mangham.

Subseries 3. shows the Bowman Field in Kentucky, the Mangham airport and the Meacham tower at Meacham Field, Fort Worth, Texas.

Subseries 4. depicts the motorcycles Mangham drove as well as other motorcycle events and engines.

Subseries 5. covers the broad aspect of aviation topics from barnstormers through the space age.

The third series is the Memorabilia Series containing a pouch depicting sketches and Mangham’s name.

Dates

  • 1916 - 1974
  • Majority of material found within 1941 - 1970

Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Biographical Sketch

James Harold "Stormy" Mangham was a pioneer aviator and barnstormer born in 1907. In 1932, he purchased land in North Richland Hills, Texas to serve as a home, ranch, and private airfield. In 1954, he opened his private airfield to public use as Mangham Airport, which closed in 1986. Mangham, in addition to being a pilot, was also involved in setting motorcycle speed records. He passed away in 1974.

Sources

Source
North Richland Hills Website. "Stormy Plaza." [Online] 23 April 2019. https://www.nrhtx.com/DocumentCenter/View/532/Stormy-Plaza---Sign

Extent

1.85 Linear Feet (One manuscript box, one half-size manuscript box, and one non-standard box (15.0x13.0x4.0).)

Abstract

James Harold "Stormy" Mangham was a pioneer aviator and barnstormer born in 1907. In 1932, he purchased land in North Richland Hills, Texas to serve as a home, ranch, and private airfield. In 1954, he opened his private airfield to public use as Mangham Airport, which closed in 1986. Mangham, in addition to being a pilot, was also involved in setting motorcycle speed records. He passed away in 1974.

Series Description

The J. H. (Stormy) Mangham Collection is arranged in three series:

Series I. Personal Documents 0.2 linear ft. (nine folders), 1926-1974.

Arranged in four subseries: 1. Ephemera, 2. Clippings, 3. Log Books, and 4. Oral History

Subseries 1. Ephemera 3.1 linear ft. (two folders and three oversize folders), 1941-1970.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 2. Clippings 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1958-1974.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 3. Log Books 0.2 linear ft. (five folders), 1926-1949.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 4. Oral History 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1962.

Arranged by topic.

Series II. Photographs 0.5 linear ft. (forty-six folders), 1916-1970.

Arranged in five subseries: 1. People, 2. Aircraft, 3. Geographical Locations, 4. Motorcycle, and 5. Other Topics.

Subseries 1. People 0.2 linear ft. (nineteen folders), 1922-1968.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 2. Aircraft 0.1 linear ft. (eleven folders), 1916.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 3. Geographical Locations 0.1 linear ft. (three folders), 1942-1943.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 4. Motorcycle 0.1 linear ft. (three folders), Undated.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 5. Other Topics 0.1 linear ft. (eleven folders), 1926-1970.

Arranged by topic.

Series III. Memorabilia 0.1 linear ft. (one item in envelope), Undated.

Arranged by topic.

Provenance Statement

The J. H. (Stormy) Mangham Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Charles Mangham on 1982-03-08.

Additional Sources

More information about pioneer aviators and barnstormers can be found in H001-89 Jimmie Mattern Collection, H044-64 Frank Hawks Collection, and H007-75 Ormer Locklear Collection at the History of Aviation Archives.

Image ID

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection are identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, series, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Record Group Code

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

2 = Doolittle Archives

3 = Lighter than Air Archives

4 = George H. Williams, Jr., World War I Aviation Library

5 = History of Aviation Archives

6 = University Archives

7 = HAC Stacks

8 = WPRL Stacks

9 = Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Collection

10 = Belsterling Collection

11 = Closed Stacks

12 = Unidentified

13 = Chance Vought Archives

14 = Twirly Birds Archives

Image Format Code

P = Photograph/Postcard

S = Slide

N = Negative

T = Positive Transparency

B = Black and White

C = Color

Example: 5JHM-1-1-PB1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

JHM = J. H. (Stormy) Mangham Collection

= Series Number

1 = Box Number

1 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

B = Black and White

1 = Image Number

Images archived in plastic image holders may also have a location code in the format: 1/TL. In this example, the number is the sheet number and the letters indicate the top left position on the sheet. Position indicators are T = top, L = left, R = right, M = middle, and B = bottom. Position indicators may be combined to describe the position on the sheet, as shown in this example.

Note to the Researcher

Where necessary, photographs were rehoused in poloypropylene slees or interleaved with acid-free paper.

Materials Removed List

0.1 linear ft. (one folder) of duplicate photographs and clippings were de-accessioned.
Title
Guide to the J. H. (Stormy) Mangham Collection, 1907-1974
Status
Completed
Author
Thomas Allen, PhD, CA.
Date
2018-06-11
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Thomas Allen, PhD, CA 06-11-2018. Second revision by Chris Ingelido. 2019-01-29.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Archives. Repository

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